Alaska is a Bucket List destination for many travelers. Its grandeur, its Gold Rush and Native American history, the wildlife and the sheer natural beauty are what draw people from around the globe to our 49th state and the Pacific Northwest. Forty of our singles experienced this final frontier in August and were in awe of the ship and the beauty of Alaska.
Our members boarded NCL’s newest ship, the Norwegian Bliss, from Seattle and embarked upon a 1-week cruise of a lifetime up the Inside Passage. The ports of call were Ketchikan, Skagway, Juneau and Victoria, B.C., but the at-sea days at times were the star of the show!
Gold Rush Night
Why? Because being aboard the Bliss was like having front-row seats at the Super Bowl: This ship was made with viewing in mind. The Observation Lounge – which comprises roughly the front half of the ship on Deck 15 – is lined with floor-to-ceiling windows, allowing you to take in every stunning moment, from bald eagles soaring over glaciers to whales breaching out at sea! What’s more, it’s filled with comfortable couches, chaise lounges and easy chairs, much like an extremely large living room with extraordinary views (and a full bar and wait staff, to boot!) So if you want to see the beautiful wildlife of Alaska but were wondering just how much cold air you would have to brave, the view is spectacular in the warm beauty of the Bliss. With only one day at sea, and one day cruising Sawyer Glacier, you won’t miss a thing while your toes warm up.
Since Alaska is known as the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” summertime is the perfect time to go. You’ll enjoy up to 17 hours of daylight! What does this mean for you? It means you have more time to take advantage of views while cruising and of what the ports of call have to offer.
Some of our members took one of our singles-only excursions; a combination whale watch followed by seaplane tour to Mendenhall Glacier from Juneau and said it was “one of the most amazing experiences” of their lives. In Skagway, others took an exhilarating speedboat ride through the fjords; in the same type of boat used by the Navy Seals, they sped off in red “exposure” suits to keep them warm and dry and came back with smiles and stories to tell. In Ketchikan, known as the “salmon capital of the world,” some members joined a crab feast. Even without doing an excursion, I was able to see seals chasing salmon in the creek right in town. And in Victoria, British Columbia, members went to the famous Butchart Gardens to see flora that grow so bountiful because of the mild climate and plentiful sunshine.
If Alaska is on your bucket list, the Bliss is the ship you should choose, and summertime is the time to go! Join us in the Land of the Midnight Sun next year.
Submitted by Vicki Parker~ Singles Travel Concierge. Join Vicki on these upcoming singles vacations: